Kazakhstan Temir Zholy: enhanced rolling stock
A new electromotive. Photo courtesy of KTZ
The tear and wear of Kazakhstan's rolling stock has been significantly reduced since 2008. The President of the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy national railway company Askar Mamin gave a rundown of the large scale investment program being implemented since 2008, Tengrinews reports. The tear and wear of Kazakhstan's rolling stock decreased from 78% to 64% for locomotives, from 75% to 58% for passenger cars and from 75% to 46% for freight wagons. “As a result of a large scale investment program started in 2008, we were able to renew 933 locomotives, 35 055 freight wagons, 937 coaches and conduct a thorough overhaul and modernization of 3390 kilometers of rail road,” the head of KTZ added. In 2013, KTZ purchased and modernized 135 locomotives, 3154 freight wagons and 288 coaches. Mamin added that modern highly effective equipment would replace the assets that have already used up their resources. “Purchasing, exploitation, maintenance and utilization costs of the new equipment are lower than those of the old equipment,” Mamin concluded referring to the successful implementation of the investment program.